Shipshewana Scraps Pattern

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I finished up the new pattern I mentioned last week and hope you’ll enjoy reading the story of this interesting antique quilt and be inspired to make some Shipshewana Scraps of your own.

While at a Dear Jane retreat, friend and local antique dealer Rebecca Haarer brought over an antique quilt she wanted me to see. I had just finished my second fabric collection and the quilt was filled with a vast array of antique fabrics along with some wild and crazy patchwork. She knew it would be the perfect jumping off point for a collection of reproduction fabrics. She offered to sell me the quilt at an unbelievable price and it came home to live with me forever.


Isn’t this just a feast for the eyes? Or is it just a mess? There is so much going on you can hardly take it all in. Perhaps that’s the idea!

There are hundreds of beautiful fabrics in a wide variety of colors and styles. It’s easy to see why Rebecca thought this would be a great quilt to design from and she was right!

There is lots of hand piecing………..

There’s machine stitching too!

There’s even a really cool crocheted edging but it’s only on one side of the quilt. Makes you wonder doesn’t it?

The backing is a homespun or ticking style stripe….nothing special.

Hidden underneath the wonderfully scrappy patchwork is a layer of a golden brown homespun check that blends nicely with the back. Do you think the patchwork was added to “dress up” a plain ol’ comforter?

I drafted the blocks as close to the original quilt as possible while bringing a little order to a true “make do” quilt. I thought long and hard about the block size so the quilt wouldn’t be an overwhelming project to put together. I wanted you to be able to mix and match the blocks, maybe with some you already have and use leftover pieces from charm packs, jelly rolls, etc. Almost everything is rotary cut and can be machine pieced. There was a lot of math to check, double check and triple check on all 36 pages in the pattern. Okay, some of them are pictures of the antique quilt but you know what I mean.


I couldn’t resist the temptation to shuffle the blocks around a little trying to give the quilt a more balanced look. I wanted a more rectangular shape too so I added a border but made the top and bottom wider. It’s now the perfect size for a lap quilt.

Some of the blocks are simple

Some are more complex – but they’re all fun and easy to make!

I just had to take out what might have been some orphan blocks from another project and use only the scrap blocks. I rotated some of them which gives the block a whole new look. I have to admit I think I like this version the best and maybe I’ll use some of my Kaffe Fassett or 1930s scraps instead of 1800s repros when I start stitching. Wouldn’t that be fun?


The pattern also includes instructions for the vintage size blocks if you want to make a larger bed size quilt. There are also block illustrations you can use to make miniature blocks and because I had so much fun playing with layouts, fabrics, etc. I’m including my EQ7 project file so you can change sizes, fabrics and even add blocks like I did in this last quilt. Remember, you need to have the Electric Quilt software to open the EQ file. The rest of the pattern is in standard PDF format. You can always order a printed pattern too.

I know you’re going to love Shipshewana Scraps and can’t wait to see your version of this wild and wonderful quilt. The pattern is in the online store – you can learn more about it by CLICKING HERE

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5 Responses to “Shipshewana Scraps Pattern”

  1. Vivian February 26, 2013 at 7:02 am #

    This is a wonderful quilt Gaye! You were lucky to be able to purchase it and we are lucky that you can share it with us this way. I love the scrappy “make-do” look of it. Yet another project to feed my addiction to Civil War repros!

  2. Susan February 26, 2013 at 10:04 am #

    I think this is a cool quilt. Gives new meaning to the term “Sampler Quilt”. Thanks for sharing it with us.

  3. Susan February 26, 2013 at 4:04 pm #

    I love seeing the fabric collection in the quilt, trying to find some of the same ones used in my antique quilts.

  4. Dominique November 20, 2014 at 6:02 pm #

    I love Scrap Quilt and that one is Fabulous !
    It’ s a real Patchwork !!

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